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Holy tomb opened to public in Jerusalem

The French owned 'Tombs of the Kings' is a 2,000-year-old archaeological site located near Jerusalem's Old City.

The historical ruins, which have been under renovation since 2010 have been a topic of dispute between Israel and the French authorities, as many Jews consider the land to be the holy burial site of their ancestors and have demanded the right to pray there.

The tombs were previously thought to be the burial place of King David and King Solomon, by the French archaeologist, Felicien de Saulcy who excavated them.

Latest information suggests they are more likely to be the resting place of members of the Queen Helena dynasty, who converted to Judaism in the time of Christ.

A maximum of 15 visitors will be allowed entry to the funeral site at a time, for a maximum of 45 minutes.

The graves themselves will remain closed to the public for conservation and safety reasons.

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